The Race Team

The HNW Performance Team program is built around building excellence in our three disciplines of Road, Mountain XCO and Cyclocross. Our unshakeable belief that all disciplines contribute and build upon the other is central to our program’s success. We build robust, performance driven athletes by first preparing their bodies for the demands of their sport in the gym with a variety of challenging exercises from Olympic lifts, power based movements, speed and agility training, sport specific work and non-discipline specific exercises. At the core of our ethos is hard, soul crushing work. HNW has set the benchmark for high performance in North America. While our competitors are working hard to catch up, we continue to push for excellence, minimizing the gap to the world’s best.

The race team is U11-U23 multi-discipline: Road, Mountain XCO and Cyclocross with athletes in each discipline committed to training and maximizing their performance.


Intensive training including long road rides with maximum elevation gain, criterium training sessions, ITT and TTT training, focused interval training, motor-pacing, bike handling skills, ITT skills.


Gap analysis -> apply measures to minimize gaps including intensive skills training (features, high speed bike handling, drops, air position) on trail and @JoyRide, both group and individual interval training, race pre-rides, weekly series for maximum stimulus and acquisition of skills.


Gap analysis -> heaviest focus on skills, specific interval training, group stimulus, use of higher caliber/deeper competition in US, weekly series to punctuate both form and skills acquisition.

Additional Information

For our strength training, we include: Olympic lifting, plyometrics, agility and speed training, all of which are designed to build superior athletes, mitigate late-performance fatigue, injury prevention and minimize cycling specific imbalances. This runs January through mid-April twice a week at the Orillia YMCA, and maintenance training once a week May through November. *This portion of the program is presently suspended due to the sale of the YMCA* We are looking for a new home and will update this program as soon as possible.

Regular run training in conjunction with S&C to expand aerobic capacity, injury prevention, maintenance of CX specific demands. This runs once a week May through November.

U19 and U23 champions mentoring of younger development athletes.

Use of professionals (seminars, skill sessions, on-site interventions) for essential skill sets in nutrition and sport psychology, physiotherapy and chiropractic to build whole athletes as well as injury prevention.

Those riders who wish to race must possess a valid OCA license. All riders must submit kit sizes by Jan 24th, 2022. Fit kit will be made available for those needing to check sizing. Riders are required to sign a team rider contract to obtain discounts with our sponsors. Only riders who are registered with the team can order the Hardwood Next Wave team kit and receive sponsor discounts.

Race Program runs from Jan 04 to Nov 01.

April 27-Aug 27 (3 days a week) Mountain Bike/Road training is at HSB every Wednesday and Thursday with strength training every Tuesday.

Sept 01-Nov 01, (3 days a week) Cyclocross training is at HSB Tuesday and Wednesday with Strength training every Thursday.

Race Program Cost $1730. (+HST if athlete is 15 yrs or older) This program may be sold a la carte - $1250. (May-Sept, MTB), $480. (Sept-Nov, Cyclocross). $1250. MTB portion is a mandatory minimum for participation.

*** NEW FOR 2022*** 

Many of our "Race" athletes have also been private athletes of Rob Holmgren and Stimulus Performance Training. This year we are joining our 2 programs "Race and Stimulus" and offering a Performance package all under one roof! So for those who are committed to a higher level .... here are some of Rob's words to describe the offering.

"In a nutshell.... I address every aspect of an athlete’s performance. Strength training, speed, endurance, power, and technical skills.

The program mantra is STIMULUS. I believe a heavy emphasis on developing power and its underlying pillars (form, strength, speed, core) coupled with ample recovery will give you the foundation you need to attain your goals.

Skills and training stimulus both individually and in group setting. Video feedback in-session and post-training. Group training rides, typically interval and hill sessions, provide amazing stimulus for over-reaching.

Motorpacing both individually and in group setting. Course pre-rides at MTB Canada Cups and CX Races."

For those interested in this program, please reach out directly to Rob Holmgren at He will conduct an evaluation and assessment with regards to a riders suitability for this program.

Performance Program Cost $5500.00 (+HST if athlete is 15 yrs or older) 

Both "Race" and "Performance" program athletes also benefit from the following:

  • Certified Coaching Staff who are committed to the progress of each individual athlete
  • Hardwood Ski and Bike Summer Season's Pass Holder ($120. included)
  • Hardwood Ski and Bike Wednesday Night Race Series ($215. included)
  • Team discount at Hardwood Retail Shop
  • Team discount for Hardwood Ski and Bike Winter Season Pass
  • Team Kit includes one long and one short sleeve jersey, bib shorts and socks. ($350. included)
  • Team support at all Ontario-Cup MTB races and many other events

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